Combine harvesters, also called combines, is a machine that is used to harvest grain crops. There are three elements that have to be done to properly harvest crops: reaping, threshing and winnowing. A combine harvester combines all three of these actions into one single process. By simplifying the process, farmers can mass produce a wide variety of grain crops.
When a combine is used in the field, the machine leaves behind straw on the field, which is the remaining dried leaves and stems. The straw contains a limited number of nutrients and are often used on the fields or baled up to feed the livestock. Listed below are some of the most common crops that farmers use a harvester for:
Harvesters are a common sight on rural roads and highways. At times, these agricultural machines are involved in motor vehicle collisions. If you or a loved one has been involved in a harvester crash, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.
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While harvester combines are essential to the agricultural process, they also pose a hazard to operators and bystanders. Harvester crashes occur more often than many Florida residents realize. The majority of harvester accidents involve the machine’s moving parts. Harvester operators need to be alert at all times, the smallest error could lead to severe injuries and sometimes death. Some of the most common hazards associated with harvester crashes include:
- Individuals being run over by the machine
- The header falling off of the transport trailer resulting in injuries
- Contact with the reel, knife or stripper rotor
- Operator becomes entangled with the discharge or the leveling in the grain tank
- Operator is pulled into the cutting feature
- Improper use of the straw chopper or spreader mechanism in the back
- Drive mechanisms injure the operator or trap the user during the automatic sensor operations
Oftentimes, harvester accidents can be contributed to the improper maintenance of the machines. It is crucial for farmers to adhere to safety regulations to prevent tragic accidents from occurring.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from a harvester accident, contact the attorneys at Gordon & Doner today.
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While harvester crashes are less common than tractor-trailer accidents, they still occur far too often. Farmers need to be cautious when operating this dangerous machinery; an accident can occur in the blink of an eye. If you or a loved one was involved in a harvester accident, you may be eligible for legal and financial recourse. Contact an experienced attorney today to explore your legal options.
At Gordon & Doner, we offer free legal consultations to all accident victims. During your consultation, an attorney will review the circumstances of your accident and advise you on the best legal remedy to pursue.
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